How to Keep Your Dog Healthy, Happy and Energetic

Many people ask “How can I have a healthy, happy, and energetic dog?” At our dog training lessons in London, we answer this question often.

Everyone loves coming home to their dog. Dogs give their unconditional love with you whether you’ve been gone for two minutes or two days. Dog are always there to listen to you and give you comfort. So how do you keep your pet happy and healthy? You nurture their success and at Off Leash K9 Training London we show you how.

At Off-Leash K9 Training, we train you and your dog for continued success. We help you sustain success in your dog that will last a lifetime. Here’s a list of impactful ways you can start that nurturing process on your own.

Proper Diet: Most people think that dog food is dog food. You can buy the wet, canned kind or the dry bagged kind because it doesn’t really matter. They’d be wrong. A dog’s diet is as important to their behavior as consequences for their actions. Dogs have to eat the correct amount of food and nutrients to live long and happy lives. The same is true for humans.

Every dog is different and owners must pay attention to their dog’s behavior, skin, coat and demeanor. Monitor your specific dog and tailor habits and diet to their needs.

Exercise: A bored dog is a destructive dog. Read that twice. Exercise is crucial to keep your dog physically stimulated, at a proper weight, proper health, and to keep them out of trouble. As dogs age, their activity level naturally tends to slow down. To continue your dogs happy and fulfilled life, maintain exercise at all stages of their life. Old dogs need exercise on a daily basis just like their younger counterparts. The duration and type of exercise will need to be adjusted as they age.

Affection: Praise, love, attention, and affection are all essential in order to have a happy dog. Dogs are just like people in the sense that they need love, attention, and affection. Your dog should be getting plenty of attention and praise from you on a daily basis.

Pack Leadership: It’s important for dogs to know their place in the pack, dogs are much more happy and secure when you are clearly defined as the leader. Love them, treat them as members of your family but do not let them run your family. Behavioural issues are often rooted in dog’s elevating their status in the home.

Mental Stimulation: This is one of the most underrated things that many people do not consider. Keep your dog mentally stimulated as well as physically stimulated. Look for other fun games and activities for your dog to do. This will also help curb destructive behaviour.

Obedience Training: Obedience training, discipline, and structure in dogs are all just as essential and fundamental as it is in people. If your dog is having obedience issues, you should contact a dog trainer in your area.

Confidence: Confidence in dogs is extremely underrated. The vast majority of trainers do not even cover or discuss. Confidence is very important in order to have a happy dog! A dog lacking confidence tends to have reactivity or behaviour issues.

If you stay on top of all these fundamental principles, I can ensure you and your dog a very long, healthy, happy, and confident life.

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